Frustrated with very few bites in the year since listing her Somerset home on the market — even after reducing the price by $300,000 once already — milliner Tricia Hamilton has turned to a more innovative solution for making her money back: She's raffling off the property.
Mad hatter or midsomer genius? That's the real question. As Inhabitat reports, hatmaker Hamilton could just be the real winner of this lottery-style sale if she sells half a million $14 raffle tickets for the $1.4 million property near Bristol.
Feeling lucky? The Win My House drawing for the 17-room cottage called Roselands ends February 15th, and will have stamp duty and fees paid for, as well as a portion of the proceeds from the drawing donated to charity. Hamilton says she hopes to use the rest of the money from raffling off her property to reinvest in her millinery business and to move closer to family.
The nearly 200-year-old house was built in 1829 and has been meticulously renovated by Hamilton over the last 20 years. The 19th century cottage sits on a half acre of quintessentially English gardens and orchards, with a whopping 8,250 square feet of interiors viewable in this 360-degree tour — including four bedrooms and three stories of living space.
Original features at Roselands nod to the nearby village of Pill's maritime history, including oak timbers above the hearths (which may or may not have originally come from sailing vessels) and a baker's oven (which may or may not be a relic from a long-gone ship). Apparently, there's even still an original "privy in the hedgerow" dating back to the 1800s. Modernizations to the home include opening up all the windows (which were once shut in to avoid "window taxes"), adding damp-proofing, and restoring the brick, lime, and wooden-spacer walls original to the interiors.
To purchase a raffle ticket for Roselands, sign up for Hamilton's email list at Win My House to be notified when ticket sales begin.